Android has only been around for less than three years. In this time, the Linux-based operating system has quite literally gone places, appearing on a wide gamut of devices, from smartphones to e-readers. But it’s difficult to predict its next destination. Digitimes, however, has far too many industry sources for it to refrain from speculating. According to the site, Asus plans to build an Android notebook. Hit the jump for more.
If last week it was Toshiba and MSI, this week it’s AsusTek’s turn to bolster its gaming notebook lineup. The Core i7-powered Asus G74SX is all set to join the Taiwanese vendor’s G Series of gaming notebooks. Two SKUs of the G74 are now available for pre-order in the States via ExcaliberPC. Specs after the jump.
Asus today announced the launch of its new ROG (Republic of Gamers) Matrix GTX 580 videocard. It's an aggressive looking graphics card that knows nothing of stock clocks, standard cooling, or anything else that has to do with Nvidia's reference design. Instead, it comes overclocked from the factory and sports a dual-fan cooling solution and OC-friendly parts and tools that encourages users to push things as far as they'll go.
Asus turned a few heads at the Computex trade show in Taiwan last week with its UX21 ultrathin notebook. Sporting a sleek and sexy chassis that measures 17mm at its thickest point and weighing just 2.4 pounds, the real beauty was arguably on the inside where Asus managed to stuff a second generation Core i7 processor. Talk about a slap in the face to Apple's MacBook Air with its dated Core 2 Duo foundation, followed by a gut punch to the MacBook Air's price tag.
Let’s rewind to the beginning of the netbook revolution (or shall we say bubble). It was a time when everyone felt Linux was finally going to take off in a big way. The open-source operating system may have failed to ride the netbook wave, but it still holds a key advantage over Windows where price is concerned. This is what briefly placed it in the driver’s seat of the netbook bandwagon.
Now that netbooks are under serious pressure from tablets and price is an even more significant consideration for vendors, Asus has once again turned to Linux. It has decide to ship three Eee PC models with Ubuntu 10.10 pre-installed on them. Hit the jump for more.
Does Asus have a chip on its shoulder? The company showed up swinging at the Computex expo in Taiwan with the official announcement of the PadFone yesterday, and today, it unleashed a torrent of PC-related products upon the drooling crowds. Souped-up notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, peripherals and full-blown gaming PCs – most sporting the Republic of Gamers brand – were on display as Asus tried to offer a solution for every gamer who ever even thought about playing Crysis.
With one market research study after the other pointing towards the cannibalization of netbooks and other PCs by the iPad and other media tablets, Intel has a reason to be alarmed. After all, it has yet to gain any traction in the tablet market.
But Intel is trying to turn things around. Even as it makes a play for a foothold in the tablet market with its Oak Trail chips, the company has decided to do something on the PC front too. The chip maker is now counting on a new class of laptops called “Ultrabooks” to turn things around for portable PCs.
We love it when the trade shows roll around because that's when companies show off their upcoming products. Not all of them turn out to be winners, of course, but Asus's UX21 ultrathin notebook being shown off at Computex holds a lot of promise. From the pictures we've seen, it's sleek and sexy, and the Core i7 foundation is just icing on the cake.
There's not need to be embarrassed for owning an old -- really old -- PC that barely gets from point A to point B without coughing up a hairball. There's something to be said for that kind of loyal commitment and frugal tenacity (do we even need to mention gas prices?). But hey, maybe it's time to think about moving on. If it's fated to be, you could win a new rig for doing nothing more than sharing your name and email address with Crucial, and a few details about your one-legged system.
We don’t much care what our routers look like, because they’re usually hidden inside a closet (unless we’re benchmarking them). But Asus’s engineers lavished as much attention on the RT-N56U’s skin as they did its guts: This dual-band router is a looker, and it’s also pretty damned fast.